After contemplating for a while whether to do the piece I did yesterday, I figured that since it was on my mind, then I should pen my thoughts on some of the reactions that Pat Robertson’s musings have elicited. I tried my best to make it clear that I did not agree with everything he has ever said, nor would I agree 100% with anyone. Apparently, some readers didn’t understand that. Let’s look at one email that was sticking out of my inbox this morning. Please note that it is abridged for the sake of this column.
“Greetings! The press does not pick on Pat Robertson. His unstable rantings usually occur live while he is on the air with the “700 Club” – his most recent attack being against Muslims. He claims they are satanic and dedicated to world control.
“Pat Robertson, because of his interference in politics has been called “The Most Dangerous Man In America!” (Google will locate that for you.) Pat Robertson should be praying for forgiveness for the damage his political dabbling has inflicted upon the USA, and by extention, the world.
“Just about no one thinks that natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina is an act God inflicting His punishment, warnings, and such, upon the people of the USA or any other nation. And no one in their right mind believes that God speaks directly to Pat Robertson as he claims. (Or any of the other fundamentalist tele-evangelists who make such blaphemous assertions.) Your remark that the press is out to “demonize all Christians” is an old rhubarb used by fundamentalist, and is shameful in my opinion. Thank You.”
Straight off, I could start by picking apart some of this writer’s assertions, but I won’t do that. I only truly wish that he had read the column a little slower.
I have read many of Mr. Robertson’s other statements, such as his calls for political assassinations, and I do not agree with some of them at all. However, I am not addressing any of his statements other than the one’s that he made after 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina.
The point of yesterday’s piece was not to conclude whether or not God has or had caused any calamities which befall us, nor to assert Mr. Robertson’s claims. It was simply a retrospective look at the reactions of those in the religious community and of the media, and how I was surprised at our arrogant outlook. That is the same reaction I would have had regardless of who had made the statements that just happened to be made by Mr. Robertson.
For those who profess Christianity, I am somewhat dumbfounded that we profess to believe the Bible is the Word of God, yet feel that the judgments that are handed down within it are only meant for other nations, and could not possibly be inflicted upon our own.
I guess my big question was, “Why do we consider ourselves above being judged for our nation’s sins? And why does the media even care what Pat Robertson thinks? How could a collective of people with so much disdain for Christianity bother to worry that someone thinks God has exposed one of our flanks? What would it matter to them?”
So many questions, so little time.
As for muslims, calling them Satanic may be a little terse, but as someone of the Christian faith, I fully agree that Islam is a false religion and therefore evil. Does this put me into the ‘extremist’ crowd? I don’t think so. For those who believe we should show tolerance, I say define tolerance. Should I be polite and respectful to others who have chosen a different religion or none at all? Absolutely. I am commanded to love them. Do I need to tone down my opinion of their religion? God forbid. Social tolerance and acceptance are two totally different concepts and should not be confused with one another.
For those of you who take the time to email me, some regularly, I truly do appreciate it. I thank you for doing so; even those of you who vehemently disagree with my views.